9.3.1 Paper sizes

By default, the postscript terminal, and the enlarge terminal option, read the paper size for their output from the user’s system locale settings. It may be changed, however, with set papersize command, which may be followed either by the name of a recognised paper size, or by the dimensions of a user-defined size, specified as a height, width pair, both being measured in millimetres. For example:

set papersize a4
set papersize 100,100

A complete list of recognised paper size names can be found in Appendix 16.1


  1. Marcus Kuhn has written a very complete treatise on international paper sizes, which can be downloaded from: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/ mgk25/iso-paper.html. Further details on the Swedish extensions to this system, and the Japanese B-series, can be found on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size.